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Pilea Artillery, Pilea Microphylla - Plant

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Attractive foliage with huge minute, lime green leaves on short, arching stems gives artillery plant a fern like appearance.

    What makes it special:
  • Fast growing and evergreen plant.
  • Best plant for ground coverence.
  • Low maintenance plant.

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1Pilea Artillery, Pilea Microphylla - Plant
25 inch (13 cm) Grower Round Plastic Pot (Black)
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About Pilea Artillery

Artillery plant Scientifically known as Pilea microphylla in the family of Urticaceae is an evergreen, ground-covering perennial plant forming a dense mat of growth around 30 cm up to 45 cm wide. Its succulent stems hold small, lime-green cluster leaves that are blotched with colours of white and pink.

Also known as the rockweed, the artillery plant is a fast-growing, adaptable evergreen that can be grows in humid locations, inc

Plant Specifications

Plant Height4 inch (10 cm)
Plant Spread 4 inch (10 cm)
*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Pilea Artillery, Pilea Microphylla, Gunpowder Plant, Baby tears,
Maximum Reachable Height Up to 30 to 45 centimeter
Difficulty Level Easy

Planting and care


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Light Requirement

  • At least 1-3 hours of preferably morning sunlight a day is ideal for plant to grow well and natural indirect bright light for the rest of the day.

  • Soil
  • The soil should be well drained and fertile, rich in organic content for growing Pilea Artillery plant.

  • Watering
  • Poke your finger/plain small stick into the soil to check the moisture.
  • Apply 3 cup (Approx. 150 ml) water when top soil (1-2 inches) in pot feels dry to touch.
  • As rule of thumb, Water the plant thoroughly in the summer and reduce watering in winter and rainy season.
  • Do not over-water the plant.
  • Apply water preferably in morning or evening.

  • Application of Fertilizer
  • Loosen the topsoil without disturbing the roots of the plant so it can uptake the nutrients and moisture easily.
  • During the main growing season feed the plant with organic fertilizer once a month (Jan-Feb).
  • Apply water immediately after application of fertilizer.

  • Re-potting
  • When a plant outgrows in current pot, re-pot with fresh potting soil and some fertilizer.
  • Do the re-potting late evening and keep the plant in shady area for 2 to 3 days and then move the plant in its suitable growing condition.

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    Plant Protection
  • Remove dead, infected or damaged plant parts and dispose them away from the planting area.
  • Spray Neem, Eucalyptus or Citrus oil for any insect/pest attack, as a primary treatment.

  • Donts
  • Do not over-water the plant especially when pot does not have drainage holes.
  • Pilea Artillery care

    Initial care for 1-2 weeks after receiving plant at your location:

  • Keep the plant in Natural indirect bright Light.
  • Poke your finger/plain small stick into the soil to check the moisture.
  • Apply 3 cup (Approx. 150 ml) water when top soil (1-2 inches) in pot feels dry to touch.
  • Do not re-pot for min. 2 weeks after receiving it.

  • Key requirements to keep plant healthy:

    Sunlight Natural direct 1-3 hours of morning sunlight and natural indirect bright light for the rest of the day.
    Watering Apply 3 cup (Approx. 150 ml) water when top soil (1-2 inches) in pot feels dry to touch.
    Soil Soil should be well drain and fertile, rich in organic content.
    Temperature 20 to 25 degree Celsius
    Fertilizer Apply any organic fertilizer once a month (Jan-Feb).

    Pilea Artillery special feature

    An attractive plant with its fern-like appearance, it is often grown as a ground-cover in ornamental gardens and is also grown as a houseplant in cooler zones.

    Pilea Artillery uses

    Ornamental Use:

    • It is best used as a ground cover planted in a mass in a bed beneath existing trees

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can Pilea plant grow in water?

    Pilea peperomioides can grow and propagate in water

    How to repot a Pilea plant?

    1. Select pot of 5-7 inch upper diameter and drainage holes. 2. Fill the 1/3 pot with well drained soil which is rich in organic content and place the plant in the center of the plant and add remaining soil or potting mixture. 3. After repotting water the plant thoroughly and Water the plant when 1-2 inch surface soil layer feels dry to touch. Note - For further details check the product description on nurserylive.com

    Why is my Pilea plant dying?

    The main reasons of dying Pilea plant are 1. Due to over watering or less watering to plant. 2. Plant does not get proper sunlight. 3. Lack of nutrient. 4. Disease and pest infestation. Note - For further details check the product description on nurserylive.com

    When should I repot Pilea?

    When Pilea plant overgrows in the current pot or after every 2 -3 years change the pot and preferably in June-July month.

    Does Pilea plant flower?

    Sometimes it may produce small white flowers on pink-tinged stems.

    How to water Pilea plant?

    1. Water when top soil (1-2 inches) feels dry to touch. 2. Water thoroughly in the summer and reduce watering in winter and rainy season. Note - For further details check the product description on nurserylive.com

    How to propagate Pilea plant?

    You can propagate Pilea plant through cuttings. 1. To propagate take healthy cuttings of well mature stem to a length of 10-15 cm and remove any flowers leaves from it. 2. Then dip bottom of the cutting in rooting hormone, and Place the 3/4 portion cutting into a small container with well-draining soil and water the Pilea cuttings. 3. Rooting will start within 1-2 week. Note - For further details check the product description on nurserylive.com

    How big do Pilea plants get?

    Pilea plants will grow up to 1 feet with proper care and management.

    Why is my Pilea plant not growing?

    The main reasons of not growing Pilea plant are as follows 1. Due to over watering or less watering to plant. 2. Plant does not get proper sunlight. 3. Lack of nutrient. 4. Disease and pest infestation. Note - For further details check the product description on nurserylive.com

    How to grow Pilea plant?

    Pilea plant is grown by cuttings. Consider the following points to grow plant. 1. Sunlight- 1-3 hours of direct or indirect bright sunlight is required. 2. Soil- Soil should be well drained, fertile and nutrient rich. 3. Water- Water the plant when 1-2 inch surface soil layer feels dry to touch. 4. Fertilizer - Apply any organic fertilizer during the main growing season (June-July). Note - For further details check the product description on nurserylive.com

    What does a Pilea plant look like?

    Pilea is herbaceous perennial plant in Urticaceae family with lime green, coin shaped leaves on short, arching stems.

    Why is my Pilea plant losing leaves?

    The main reasons of Pilea plant losing leaves are as follows 1. Due to over watering or less watering to plant. 2. Plant does not get proper sunlight. 3. Lack of nutrient. 4. Disease and pest infestation. Note - For further details check the product description on nurserylive.com

    Does Pilea plant need sun?

    Yes Pilea need 1-3 hours of direct or indirect bright sunlight a day.

    Do Pilea plants like humidity?

    Pilea loves humidity, so spray or mist the leaves twice a week if your home is on the dry side.

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